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Rich and LMZ find a recently discovered tick-borne illness in tick samples

Stephen Rich, Microbiology, and director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, reported that the LMZ has detected a recently discovered tick-borne disease he called "Lymelike" in 12 tick samples the lab has tested. Cape Cod Times

Whitbourne interviewed on CNN about the bystander effect

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed on the CNN show Legal View about the bystander effect in the context of a New Jersey woman who was beaten and no one intervened. CNN

Lutcavage wins Sarah Fraser Robbins Environmental Award

Molly Lutcavage, Environmental Conservation and director, Large Pelagics Research Center, Gloucester, Mass., has been honored as the first recipient of the Sarah Fraser Robbins Environmental Award, given by the Board of Maritime Gloucester. In the presentation, Lutcavage was praised for her world-class large pelagics research—she works to protect endangered and threatened species including sea turtles and bluefin tuna—and her efforts with commercial fishermen to help Gloucester sustain its history and build its future as a legendary fishing port. Lutcavage has directed the Large Pelagics Research Center since 2003.

Milman's transboundary water research profiled by Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment

The research of Anita Milman, Environmental Conservation, on the governance of water resources in the context of global change, is profiled by the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment. Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Venkataramani says the world will migrate to the next-generation Internet with little fanfare

Arun Venkataramani, Computer Science, says the world will migrate away from the old, original Internet to a new, next-generation Internet with far better security, greater mobility and many other improved features, but most of us will never know the change has occurred. Electronic Component News, EETimes Europe, News release

The Laboratory of Medical Zoology is subject of Daily Hampshire Gazette feature story

A feature story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, headed by Stephen Rich, Microbiology, where researchers test ticks to see if they carry a variety of diseases. Daily Hampshire Gazette

Gierasch appointed to NIH's Council of Councils

Lila Gierasch, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Chemistry, has been appointed to the National Institutes of Health’s Council of Councils. The council was established to advise the NIH director on policies and activities of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) and is composed of 27 members nominated by the NIH institutes and centers and from the Council of Public Representatives, an advisory committee to the NIH Office of the Director. Gierasch is one of nine new members who will serve through Oct. 31, 2016.

Malvankar wins $500,000 career award from Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Biophysicist Nikhil S. Malvankar, a postdoctoral researcher who works with Mark Tuominen, Physics, and Derek Lovley, Microbiology, has received a five-year, $500,000 career award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. He is the first UMass Amherst scientist to receive this award. News release

LMZ finds more than a third of ticks from 10 Franklin County towns carry Lyme disease

The Laboratory of Medical Zoology, headed by Stephen Rich, Microbiology, has tested ticks collected in 10 Franklin County towns and found that more than a third carry Lyme disease. Recorder

Whitbourne featured in column about handling criticism at work

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, featured in a column offering five tips for handling criticism at work. Fast Company

Akresh comments in Gazette story about Amherst's 25th annual survey of breeding birds

A story on the 25th annual survey of breeding birds in Amherst includes comments from Michael Akresh, Environmental Conservation doctoral candidate, who has used the data in his research. Daily Hampshire Gazette

Tese quoted in Denver Post about her WWOOF internship on urban farm in Denver

Meg Tese '15, sustainable food and farming student in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, is quoted about her internship with an urban farming program in Denver, which is affiliated with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). Denver Post

Averill and Smith quoted in story about efforts to improve bee population

Anne Averill, Environmental Conservation, and Tina Smith, UMass Extension in the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, are quoted in a story about regional efforts to improve the pollinating bee population. Daily Hampshire Gazette

Watkins' wearable sensor patch subsystem proposal selected by NBMC

The Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium (NBMC) has selected a proposal led by James Watkins, Polymer Science and Engineering, to develop a wearable sensor patch subsystem. AzoNano.com, Display Plus

Kilham's botanical explorations featured on UMass Amherst homepage

Chris Kilham, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and his work searching the world for botanicals and medicinal herbs, is profiled on the UMass Amherst homepage UMass Amherst feature story

Farr's review of the literature about same-sex marriage finds no cause for discrimination against lesbian and gay parents

Rachel Farr, Psychological and Brain Sciences, reviewed the literature about the dangers of same-sex marriage to heterosexuals and found no cause for discrimination against lesbian and gay parents. LGBT Weekly

CNS staffer Mary Bell and two CNS students honored with 2014 Academic Engagement for Community Transformation Award

Mary Bell '14, Office of the Dean, College of Natural Sciences, and two CNS students were among the 14 honored by the UMass Amherst Civic Engagement and Service-Learning (CESL) program with the 2014 Academic Engagement for Community Transformation Award for “outstanding leadership, academic excellence, and contributions to a campus/community partnership." The students were Karin Jong-Mee Garber, Psychology doctoral candidate, and Lilly Israel '14, Stockbridge School of Agriculture. CESL, News release

Eight CNS faculty named "Highly Cited Researchers 2014" by Thomson Reuters

Eight faculty members, all from CNS, have been named “Highly Cited Researchers 2014” in a new, updated list from Thomson Reuters: Eric Decker, David Julian McClements, and Yeonhwa Park, all Food Science; Vincent Rotello, Chemistry; Thomas Russell, Polymer Science and Engineering; Baoshan Xing, Stockbridge School of Agriculture; Derek Lovley, Microbiology; and Mauro Giavaliso, Astronomy. They are among “the world’s leading scientific minds” whose publications are among the most influential in their fields. Thomson Reuters, News release

McLandsborough comments in Men's Journal story about dangerous food and how to avoid it

Lynne A. McLandsborough, Food Science, comments in a photo story about the 10 most dangerous foods and how to avoid them. Men’s Journal

Welborn featured in article about her work teaching middle schoolers to plant and grow food

Kelsey Welborn '15, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, is featured in an article about her work teaching students at the Amherst Regional Middle School how to plant and grow food. Daily Hampshire Gazette

Rich participates in panel discussion in Northampton about Lyme disease

Stephen Rich, Microbiology and the director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, participated in a panel discussion of Lyme disease at the JFK Middle School in Northampton. His laboratory tests ticks to determine what diseases they may carry. Daily Hampshire Gazette

Whitbourne interviewed by Connecting Point about the challenges women face getting into politics

Susan Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed about the psychology behind the challenges that women face getting into politics even in liberal states such as Massachusetts. Connecting Point

Brewer and Schweik, with Rees from Engineering, win $15,000 Public Service Endowment Grant to create makerspace for Amherst middle schoolers

Stephen Brewer, Biology and director of the Biology Computer Resource Center, Charles Schweik, Environmental Conservation, and Paula Rees in the College of Engineering have been awarded a $15,000 Public Service Endowment Grant by the vice chancellor for research and engagement to support the creation of a town-gown makerspace to engage Amherst middle school youth in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. News release

STEM Diversity Institute hosts all-day symposium for the Northeastern Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP)

The STEM Diversity Institute hosted an all-day symposium for members of the Northeastern Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP). News release

LMZ partnering with Winchester, Mass., to test the town's ticks

The number of cases of Lyme disease is increasing in Winchester, Mass., so the town has joined a partnership with Stephen Rich, Microbiology and director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, to test ticks found in the community. Wicked Local Winchester